Oh yes, he’s a great pretender

Jim Dale at Manhattan bookstore with graffiti

Don’t call him a ghostwriter. Shape-shifting biographer James Dale, BA ’70, prefers ‘co-author,’ as he pens the life stories of athlete Cal Ripken Jr., sports agent Ron Shapiro, and political activist Elijah Cummings, to name just a few.

  1. From indigenous student to endowed professor

    ‘I kept my head down,’ says Matthew Fletcher, BA ’94/JD ’97, of the culture shock he endured at U-M while pursuing his boyhood ambition of becoming a lawyer. This fall, the Native American legal scholar and tribal court chief justice returned to Michigan as a distinguished law professor.

  2. Embracing a new ethos in business

    Michigan Ross professor Andy Hoffman took a cohort of business students on a lakeside retreat this summer to shed distractions, embrace a moral compass, and reflect on careers that promote commerce and serve society.

  3. Turning an economic eye on education

    As the first chief economist in the U.S. Dept. of Education, Ford School alumnus Jordan Matsudaira, PhD ’05, seeks to best promote academic and financial success for students in higher education. Ford professor Kevin Stange has a one-year appointment alongside Matsudaira.

  4. Ono sets out his strategic vision in first leadership address

    U-M’s 15th president recently announced his early agenda to address faculty recruitment, socially conscious investing, and staff development. In addition, Ono announced a sustainability partnership with Delta, and said the university-driven climate organization UC3 is moving to campus.

  5. 1 in 10 older Americans has dementia

    A new study aims to give more precise prevalence estimates for both dementia and mild cognitive impairment. It is the first nationally representative study of cognitive impairment in more than 20 years.

  6. Expert: 4 ways Americans can keep their vote secure and accurate

    Computer science professor J. Alex Halderman, one of the nation’s foremost election security experts, says experts have been so waylaid by years debunking false claims of election fraud that little has improved since 2020. Here are his tips to protect your vote in 2022.

A vision in white

An old-school blizzard Jan. 25 set the stage for an epic snowball fight on the Diag. Enjoy these winter scenes from a spontaneous battle royale, as Marcin Szczepanski, lead multimedia storyteller in the College of Engineering, takes you to the heart of the action. Get a glimpse of the snowy frontlines from the comfort of your screen and send us some memories of your own wild and exuberant days on the Diag.

  • Ballers

    Hundreds of students gathered on the Diag in front of the Hatcher Graduate Library for a giant snowball fight on Wednesday evening, Jan. 25.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • The wall

    Before the fight began, a group of students built a snow fort for protection.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Lay down your arms

    This became the center of battle as newcomers formed an opposing front about 30 feet away.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023.
  • Fastball

    The fierce battle lasted into the night.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Stand back

    Modes of protection varied widely.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Grrrrrrl Power

    Up to six inches of snow fell in Ann Arbor. That hadn’t happened in a while.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Meaty, beaty, big, and bouncy

    And apparently, the students needed to blow off some steam.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Reflections

    … of the way life used to be. Did you ever get in on this action when you were a student?

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Be true to your school

    How do you know who’s on the opposing team if you’re all wearing the Block M?

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Riders on the storm

    Interesting choice.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • If you want some, take some

    Get it together, baby.

    Snowball fight on the Diag
  • I can see clearly now

    This student is either a strategic genius or a sitting duck.

    Snowball fight on the Diag, 2023
  • Pitch perfect

    Let’s hope this apparent pitcher plays for the baseball team.

    Snowball fight on the Diag 2023
  • Easy rider

    Something tells me this isn’t his first snowball fight.

    Snowball fight on the Diag. Older guy with goggles.
  • Eye of the tiger

    This cat’s still got a smile despite the signs of battle.

    Snowball fight 2023.
  • Girls just wanna have fun

    Glee is good.

    Snowball fight on the Diag 2023. Three girls laugh.
  • Mellow yellow

    Even Pikachu joined the fray. But eventually a truce was called and the crowd dispersed. Till next time…

    Snowball fight on the Diag 2023. Kid in yellow